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"bad flirt gets straight to the good stuff"

Out of Montreal comes Bad Flirt and a MySpace page that says they sound like Bad Brains, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Flag, Youth of Today, Circle Jerks, Minutemen, Agnostic Front, Madball, Gorilla Biscuits. Not quite. Maybe Breeders, Letters to Cleo, or Belly. At any rate, Bad Flirt is Jasamin White-Glutz's project and she leads the band with vocals that do owe some genesis to those hardcore punk bands with a grittiness smoothed out by fuzzed guitars.
The 3rd release by the fledgling NY-based Frigid Ember Records, “Head On” is an official introduction to US listeners. It is a manifesto of sorts, an implicit homage to Jasamine’s relentless DIY attitude that often proves her more hardcore than most of the hardcore bands Bad Flirt have opened for. This August, Bad Flirt tour with Irish pop duo Oppenheimer (Bar/None) all over the northeast US. After that, they will be preparing for a recording session with Ted Nicely (Jawbox, Fugazi, Girls Against Boys) for a full-length release later this year. Be on the look out for bigger & better things from this band, and enjoy your first joyride with Bad Flirt, Head On.
- Shoes Are For Work Blog


"i heart music"

And speaking of Montreal bands, I recently received the first single from Bad Flirt's forthcoming album. While they haven't given a name to the new LP, the first single is "Head On", and it sounds like it could be the first blast from a really impressive full-length. No telling if it's representative of the rest of their new songs, but the band is about to head out on a whirlwind tour over the next few weeks, so check out their Myspace to see if they'll be nearby, and if they are, be sure to check them out! - i heart music blog


"Flirting with the it-bands"

Flirting with the it-bands
Laura Moses



White-Gluz : through with being drowned out


Jasamine White-Gluz wants you to catch Montreal fever

"When you are doing the singer/songwriter thing you can hear a lot of the conversations that are going on in the venue, and it hurts your feelings if people are talking and not listening," Jasamine White-Gluz explains, sulking from Montreal while she recalls her three-year stint as solo-acoustic act Bad Flirt.
Touring for a year with the seven-song EP The August Issues, White-Gluz, a former communications student and music journalist, says she was biding her time until she could find a band of her own.

Back then, her acoustic ballads were often lost in a sea of hardcore and punk, and in an attempt to win over fickle audiences she would engage them in games of Twister and sandcastle competitions.

"There is something about Canadian musicians and the theme of kid's birthday parties... A lot of the shows I did solo, I was booked with hardcore bands and punk bands, artists that didn't sound like me at all. The audience wasn't going to the show to see an acoustic songwriter type so I would just throw in a bunch of shit to make it more confusing for people."

These days, abandoning the playtime theatrics in favour of the music, Bad Flirt is finally the noisy-pop rock band that White-Gluz had been longing for.

In 2004, Montreal duo Edmund Lam and Heidi Donnelly of Hexes and Ohs, as well as Mark Greenberg, joined the band. Something clicked and Bad Flirt jumped right into recording 6 Ways to Break Your Heart, splitting the recording session in half between Greenberg's basement and
CJOL at Concordia University.

"I felt when our songs were put to this record that it was the way they were supposed to sound," says White-Gluz. "I hope other people get that instant connection, and if it's possible to fall in love with music at first listen, I hope people get that, even if it's only with a great-sounding snare drum... whatever, that's cool."

The album launch is a free show on May 27 at Montreal's Casa del Popolo. Until then Big Flirt is set on a cross-Ontario tour.

With the American music press branding Montreal as the next Seattle, White-Gluz says there are a lot more people coming out to shows out of curiosity, and she is excited their release coincides with a lot of attention from kids "hunting for the next big thing from Montreal."

BAD FLIRT
W/ HEXES AND OHS
MONDAY MAY 16 AT 8 P.M., FREE
ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX

- Ottawa X-press


"6 Ways To Break Your Heart CD REVIEW"

Bad Flirt is the culmination of singer/songwriter Jasamine White-Gluz?s 3 year experience as a solo artist. After recording a 3 song demo on her own, she decided to change her sound, moving away from more traditional acoustic ballads. In the process she recruited Edmund Lam, Heidi Donnelly and Mark Greenberg to form Bad Flirt. That said 6 Ways to Break Your Heart is a good first attempt by the foursome to move in more experimental direction. Inevitably though, White-Gluz?s past sound pops up half unexpected in middle of the album ? for better or worse.


Pros:

Catchy, fun songs

Cons:

The style needs to be more consistent

6 Ways to Break Your Heart begins with my favorite song on its 6 track run; ?Kisses, Kisses?. Although it starts off with a sweet riff, within 10 seconds a crunchy guitar and distorted vocals set the track?s tone. This track gave meSonic Youth flashbacks as White-Gluz does her best Kim Gordon impersonation and the band follows suit. Not to say that Bad Flirt is ripping off Sonic Youth?s sound with ?Kisses, Kisses?, it?s more that they wear their musical inspiration on their sleeve.

The next track, ?Oh One?, also sounds a whole lot like Sonic Youth. But with a more relaxed tone to her voice, White-Gluz sounds more likeHolly Golightly than Kim Gordon. Overall, the real star on this track is the guitar which carries the song through.

?Welcome to the Awkward Party? and ?Heartbreaker? is where 6 Ways to Break Your Heart takes a turn for the mellow. Honestly, it kind of throws you off. While I liked both tracks individually ? especially ?Welcome to the Awkward Party? ? the slow sweet sounds stand in harsh contrast to the gutsy pace that ?Kisses, Kisses? set. Actually, I like both of these songs individually, but they just don?t seem to fit with the rest of 6 Ways to Break Your Heart.

The album closes with ?This Song is Romance? featuring local talent Adam Brown. I thought that while this song wasn?t quite as fun and outgoing as ?Kisses, Kisses? it was the most well-rounded of the 6 tracks. It strangely combines the varied styles of the previous 5 songs; everything from distorted vocals to sweet, melodic hooks. ?This Song is Romance? closes the album in style and instead of being the mishmash of sounds that it should be, it is in fact the most accessible on the album.

- Wetlabel.com


"Right on Red"

Right on red

>> Bad Flirt turns her Twister on you


by LORRAINE CARPENTER

“We can’t have a mosh pit with the kind of music I play, so we have a Twister game instead,” says Jasamine White-Gluz, aka Bad Flirt. “It lets people get to know each other up close and personal.”

Perhaps you’re already acquainted with Bad Flirt. At the tender age of 20, she’s amassed some impressive entertainment biz mileage, high-tailing it from zine contributor to Exclaim magazine reporter, from would-be promoter to Total Casting agent, and from disorganized emo band member to solo alt-pop charmer. Always at her side is her friend, former bandmate and on-stage master of ceremonies Ganit Bar-Dor, who entices audiences to play along and be merry as White-Gluz dishes out guitar-driven, break-beaten ditties. The Mirror lent an ear as the Bad Flirt discussed finding love, saucy stage antics and her inner punk.

Mirror: Your bio mentions Obey the Flame Productions.

Jasamine White-Gluz: Yeah, [Ganit and I] started it a couple of years ago with one of our oldest friends, Adam Reider, but he’s taken the reins now - he’s doing really well booking Scandinavian metal bands. The three of us just found the scene kind of stale so we started organizing a huge punk, hardcore and metal festival, but it was expensive and it kept falling through. Adam just invested more time and money into it, so it became his project. But it was a great experience for us. Luckily, we learned a lot about the industry before we started playing.

M: So what’s up with the Long Island connection?

JW-G: Well, their hardcore scene is really tight, so once you know somebody, you know everybody. It’s kinda like a big family and we’re the token Canadian daughters. New York is like our second home now, maybe even our first home. When I started playing solo, we both became more integrated there than in the local scene. It’s kind of lopsided, but it’s good to be part of that. That’s what I’d love to see here, but I think, scene-wise, Montreal is getting better. I remember a time when it was so catty.

M: So you’re not a tortured indie diva?

JW-G: I don’t take myself seriously at all. I’m not important enough to make anybody depressed, so I’m not going to scream about my problems. It’s just a fun time. All the bands we’ve ever loved have had really lively, entertaining shows, but I don’t feel like I can take full responsibility for entertaining a crowd, just singing and playing guitar. That’s why we bribe people with free stuff and distractions to make it a little interactive.

M: What’s on the menu this time?

JW-G: It’s basically a vaudeville beach party. There’s free candy and leis, we’re gonna have a hula-hoop competition and sandboxes so people can make sand castles. We also made “I Need a Boyfriend” and “I Need a Girlfriend” pins - trade them and fall in love! It’s like Valentine’s Day every day at a Bad Flirt show, that’s the goal. :


- Montreal Mirror


"Shameless flirts:Montreal-based foursome is ready to take over your heart."

Bad Flirt brings their Montreal music to the Taproom on August 16. The group who has never played in New Brunswick before is ready to break your heart.

You've seen it before, the lowercase bad flirt: not very entertaining, besides giving you and your bitch friends something to chortle at as you swig from warm beer at the club and try not to think of your own lonely, bitter lives.

But what you haven't seen is Bad Flirt, the Montreal-based indie pop rock band rolling through town this week.

Lead by Jasamine White-Gluz the four piece bubble-gum-pop-meets-post-punk-rock band has been at it for nearly a year. White-Gluz first picked up a guitar when she was 12. Since that time she has played in a number of punk bands on the Montreal scene as well as by herself. After three years of working the singer-songwriter gig she tired of it quickly.

"It started out as a solo project, acoustic singersongwriter, but last fall I got really sick of it, and got together with a bunch of other musicians in Montreal and we did this," White-Gluz says, adding that the results were great. "It's definitely been way, way more fun playing with other people." She says she was brought up on music with all family members being musically inclined.

"It was eat my vegetable, go to school and listen to David Bowie when I was growing up," she says, stressing that she was always 'into' music.

White-Gluz worked in and around the music scene in Montreal for a while, including as a music journalist for various magazines in the city before deciding that she was on the wrong side of the music, that she should be performing, rather than writing about others doing it.

The group, currently made up of White-Gluz, Edmund Lam on drums, Heidi Donnelly on bass and Mark Greenberg on guitar, will soon be playing musical chairs with other Montreal musicians. White-Gluz will be joined by Evan Dubinsky on Keyboards, Alex Rabot on drums, Emilie Christensen on guitar and Laura Lloyd on bass while the current members persue other projects.

The music is an odd mix of catchy pop hooks and experimental punk riffs. White-Gluz says most of the songs were written during her solo days but came alive when the four collaborated.

Within a couple of months the band had recorded and put out a six song EP, 6 Ways to Break Your Heart.

The songs, she says, are about everyday stuff.

They don't write about anything immensely personal.

Rather, they take everyday events like break ups and base the lyrics on that. She adds that the song writing process for them usually starts with finding the musical melody, bringing it into a vocal melody and then work the lyrics into it in a clever way.

"It's the most rewarding part of being a musician," she says of playing their songs at live shows. "You get to see people and their reactions to [your music]." While it's the most rewarding part, she says that sometimes playing in front of audiences away from Montreal is a little nerve-wrecking.

"It's a little different depending on whether you're playing at home or away. At a hometown show [the audience] might be a little more receptive because they know you and your music. In other cities you kind of have to sell yourself more." Selling themselves could account for the band's onstage personality which White-Gluz says is "a lot of fun." They've been known to deck themselves out in matching duds and even have a Twister break mid-set.

"On stage it's usually a party, sometimes we use lighting and crazy theatrics when it's available to us." White-Gluz promises that the show they play here will be a little different that what she thinks New Brunswickers are used to.

As for what the future holds, after New Brunswick, the band has a little more touring to wrap up before shooting a video for the last song on their EP, This Song is Romance. After that, they'll write some more, hopefully, according to White-Gluz, record a full length album and hit the road again.

Montreal based Bad Flirt is heading through Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton for the first time ever. The foursome's post-punk sounds fused with pop hits can be heard at and all ages show at the King Street Showroom in Saint John on August 15, at the Taproom in Fredericton on August 16, and at The Right Spot in Moncton on August 17 - HereNB Magazine


"6 Ways to Break Your Heart CD REVIEW"


Montreal Mirror – “Local indie chick turns on charm, sweet and sour guitar and synth ditties ensue.”

- Montreal Mirror


"Chromewaves"



Influential Canadian blogger Chromewaves was one of the first to review the EP, remarking on its “lo-fi roughness” – “And whether by design or by accident, Bad Flirt tend not to go for the killer chorus but there's still enough charm and hookiness in their sound to please.” - online blog


"Bad Flirt"

Bad Flirt: Surprisingly sexy alt.pop from that indie rock hot bed to the North, Montreal. Featuring purring, female vox, comfortingly fuzzy guitars and melt in your mouth melodies these kids aim straight for the heart and score a bullseye. A must see show for fans of Veruca Salt, early (good) Liz Phair, Helium and other 90’s greats. - The Lager House


Discography

Songs for Traffic-3 song demo-2002
The August Issues EP-2003
6 Ways to Break Your Heart-2005 ** #1 College Radio Record (CHARTATTACK, EARSHOT ONLINE)
Head On, Maxi Single/7"-2006

Photos

Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Somewhere in between the “Sweet Valley High” books for young adults and Jawbox’s “For Your Own Special Sweetheart”, Bad Flirt’s songs combine sugary, shimmering indie pop with raw, unadulterated punk. With a central emphasis on all matters of the heart, Bad Flirt sing about all the things that make you blush: awkward first dates, predictable one-liners, holding hands, long lost loves and of course, flirting badly.
About BAD FLIRT

Armed with an acoustic guitar, some drum loops and a Greyhound bus pass, Bad Flirt was once just Jasamine White-Gluz’s pet project. She dove into the burgeoning Montreal scene in 2002, quickly finding likeminded post-punkers with relentless cravings for bubblegum pop. This was during the same embryonic period that yielded the scene’s indie pop ambassadors Arcade Fire, The Unicorns and Pony Up. However, Jasamine wasn’t satisfied with her hometown’s backyard melées and all-ages loft parties; so she braved her own way up and down the east coast. Often obliged to share the stage with louder, more aggressive bands like The Sleeping (Victory) and These Arms Are Snakes (Jade Tree), Bad Flirt may have had problems fitting in, but no problems stealing hearts.

Over the next two years, collections of Jasamine’s demos circulated until most Bad Flirt shows turned into sing-alongs, with a room full of adoring fans unabashedly singing along, word for word, with Jasamine. Yet, returning home to Montreal from another DIY tour, Jasamine decided to trade in her acoustic guitar for an electric guitar and a fuzz pedal. For the first time, she assembled a full band, that included members of electro pop outfit Hexes & Ohs (Noise Factory). “Six Ways To Break Your Heart”(Independent) emerged from various recording sessions as Bad Flirt’s first official release in May 2005. Sounding like Belly crashing into Jesus & Mary Chain, “Six Ways…” crystallized the band’s regional following as 800 CDs were snapped up within a 7 day tour through the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The EP’s melancholic charm and meandering melodies drew immediate comparisons to Throwing Muses and Letters To Cleo, suggesting a revival of ‘90s female-fronted alternative pop.
Returning home from that fun & successful tour, Jasamine unfortunately found herself in the position of lonely singer-songwriter yet again, as her band members decided to focus on their own projects. Unperturbed, she immediately began searching for a new band. She turned to her friend, local promoter and club booker Evan Dubinsky. The two met for the first time only 2 months before, when he booked her for a show at Montreal mainstay Jupiter Room. Evan was immediately smitten and made it his mission to date this “bad flirt”. Jasamine and Evan spent more & more time together, talking endlessly through the night into the early morning but, as the band name constantly reminded them, neither seemed capable of taking the relationship any further.

Jasamine asked Evan if he knew any keyboard players that would be interested in auditioning for her new line-up. Evan suggested that he might audition. He neglected to mention that he’d never touched an instrument in his life. During the practice, Evan was somehow able to cover up this fact, and improvise his way through songs he hadn’t heard before. Regardless, Jasamine was smitten too and decided to induct him into Bad Flirt. Through subsequent line-up changes, Evan has become Jasamine’s only constant, in music, and otherwise. Together, Bad Flirt have already shared the stage with Rogue Wave (Sub Pop) and The Kills (Dim Mak), and held their own.

The 3rd release by the fledgling NY-based Frigid Ember Records, “Head On” is an official introduction to US listeners. It is a manifesto of sorts, an implicit homage to Jasamine’s relentless DIY attitude that often proves her more hardcore than most of the hardcore bands Bad Flirt have opened for. This August, Bad Flirt tour with Irish pop duo Oppenheimer (Bar/None) all over the northeast US. After that, they will be preparing for a recording session with Ted Nicely (Jawbox, Fugazi, Girls Against Boys) for a full-length release later this year. Be on the look out for bigger & better things from this band, and enjoy your first joyride with Bad Flirt, Head On.

June 2006, “Head On“ mp3 featured in weekly CMJ Blast “New Music First: Download This!" email list reaching over 10,000 addresses.

Teaser ad campaigns featured in CMJ, Pitchfork, Punk Planet, Chart Magazine, Kings of A&R, Bust Magazine, Myspace, Exclaim Magazine, Punk Planet.

Influential Canadian blogger Chromewaves was one of the first to review the EP, remarking on its “lo-fi roughness” – “And whether by design or by accident, Bad Flirt tend not to go for the killer chorus but there's still enough charm and hookiness in their sound to please.”

NYC Village Voice – “The youngin Ms. Jasamine toys with back-beats and guitars to make tunes that you can bank on.”

Montreal Mirror – “Local indie chick t